Cannabis and hops share many botanical similarities. Can these botanical similarities facilitate the transfer of specialist aphids between crops? The damson-hop aphid, a known agricultural pest of hops, has been flagged as a potential pest of cannabis. The cannabis aphid, a key pest of cannabis, bears a striking resemblance to the damson-hop aphid. This presentation will highlight the research Emily completed for her graduate program which explored the host ranges of these two doppelganger aphid species.
Bio: Emily Carmicheal, AAg, is currently the Resource Development Agrologist for southern Vancouver Island (Capital Region) for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. Her past work has focused on Integrated Pest Management of berries, greenhouse crops, and cannabis.
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